Showing posts with label Lipbalms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lipbalms. Show all posts

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fresh Sugar Honey Lip Treatment


I've been a huge fan of Fresh body care products and especially love their shower gels. They are the ultimate luxury and epitome of feel-good beauty. I've never ventured much into their makeup but the last time I was at South Coast Plaza, my friend said I just had to check out the Sugar Honey Lip Treatment. "It's so you!" she said. After one swipe I was impressed by the pigmentation but the price of $22.50 combined with the fact that my tinted lip balms tend to gather dust in the drawer made me pass. Recently I was lucky to receive this as a gift. It is aptly described as "nourishment in the nude." The color is a wonderful warm natural nude. The lip treatment has SPF15 and contains ingredients designed to hydrate and defend the lips against wrinkles.



Here it is swatched on my hand and on the lips.




The store displays at the Fresh Boutique at South Coast Plaza are always beautiful, although I typically buy my Fresh products from Neiman Marcus (it's more convenient for me and they often have samples).


  • The pros: The pigment of this lipbalm is wonderfully rich. It covers the lip fully for a luscious nude glow. It has a great hydrating quality and smells absolutely delicious - like the name implies a sweet honey-sugary type of smell. An upside is the taste is fairly pleasant. Lasting power is average for a lip balm - the upside is that it fades evenly and naturally. (See Fresh's website here for ingredient listing.)
  • The cons: Unfortunately the texture of this product is so soft, after the first swipe, the product gets smashed against the side. It's simply too soft for a tube and after swiping it on the lips, the base broke (and I had only twisted it up a little). This was slightly heartbreaking. I think if it had a stiffer texture to prevent breakage or if this was packaged in a tub or squeeze tube it would have been an excellent purchase well worth the high price. For me, packaging is extremely important and lipstick breakage is a deal breaker for me. Yes, the product is still usable, but each time I twist the tube up, a mess is made on the side. I'm not sure if this is typical of all the Fresh Lip Treatments since I haven't tried the other shades.
Overall, I will have to give this a thumbs down just because of the packaging/product design flaws. If you've tried this - what are your thoughts? Have you tried other colors? What have been your experiences?

Disclosure - this product was provided as a gift to me

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Korres Zea Mays Powder Blush & Shimmering Eyeshadow

Since I've recently fallen in love with the Jasmine Lip Butter & Guava Body Butter from Korres, I decided to order a few things from KorresUsa.com to take advantage of last month's promotional codes and try out a few of their makeup items.

What I ordered:
* Zea Mays Powder Blush in Natural & Purple Brown
* Love Your Lips Set with Nude, Pink Beige, Light Pink Lipgloss & Pomegranate Lip Butter

I also checked out the line at Sephora and got 1 item:
* Grey Brown Eyeshadow, which I think is going to be discontinued since it was only $7


Purple Brown Blush, Grey Brown Eyeshadow (from Sephora), Natural Blush
*** note that Purple Brown is a bit darker in real life ***

18S Grey Brown comparisons

15 Natural Blush comparisons

32 Purple Brown blush comparisons

Love Your Lips Set $29 (no swatches because I'm splitting this set up with friends)

Overall thoughts: I haven't tested the lipglosses so I can't give a review for those. I do already have the Pomegranate Lip butter which I love for a soft cherry pink tint. It tastes really good too!

The 18S Grey Brown is a pretty medium-pigmented shimmery cool silver taupe. It's not as pigmented as MAC Satin Taupe or Bobbi Brown Brown Stone Metallic, but not as sheer as MAC Clue. It's good for $7 if you can still find it, but I think I prefer my Chanel Safari or Nars Ashes to Ashes for a light taupe shimmer.

The Zea Mays blushes are interesting in that they have shimmer in the pot which doesn't really show up on the skin. Natural is a good nude with a hint of peach/bronze to it. What I like about this is that it doesn't look muddy and it's not too orange. The finish is very natural and has decent lasting power. It's most similar to MAC Warm Soul, but not as frosty or shimmery and more natural looking. I didn't compare it to Nars Silvana, but Korres Natural is a more wearable less brownish/orange version of the Nars.

Plum Brown also has shimmer, but it doesn't really show up on the skin. It looks a bit muddy in the compact (it's darker than the photos show, I think the camera flash picked up the shimmers more). On the skin, I was worried it would look dirty, but I used this today and it actually gives a very natural plummy-pink-brown cheek (hard to envision how this works, but it does). It has more brown than MAC Plum Foolery and Nars Sin. Compared to the new MAC All's Good blush, it has more purple/plum.

Overall I'm happy with the products although I probably wouldn't have purchased these at full price. The blushes range from $22 to $24 (depending on whether you purchase them through Korres or Sephora) which is pricey. It's great that the products are made with natural ingredients, but unfortunately it's not something I really pay much attention to.

I also ordered a bunch of Guava lotions & shower gel sets too. One of them came with an expiration date for THIS February which is was a bit disappointing. How do they expect one to use up an entire lotion in 2.5 weeks before it expires? I emailed customer service about it so we'll see what they say.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

7 Things I'm Loving Right Now

I've been writing so much on Edward Bess and Paul & Joe (my two new loves) - I thought I'd take a short break. Here is my list for December (a bit shorter than normal) of what I'm loving right now:

1) Harney & Sons White Christmas Tea - Got this in a Holiday Tea Set from Williams Sonoma (instore). I know it's not exactly beauty-related, but I've been drinking this nonstop when I study or blog. Add a bit of honey, sugar and soy milk and it's heaven. I think you can get it cheaper individually on the Harney & Sons Website.


2) Korres Lip Butter in Guava - Posted about some lip balms last month HERE. This one is smooth, sweet but light scent, moisturizing but not goopy. I love the light pink tint! My lips were a bit chapped from lack of food/water/sleep as I spent the last week working non-stop on school projects. This revitalized my lips instantaneously - no joke.


3) Dolce & Gabbana Mascara - I used up my favorite Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill and felt it was time to open my D&G Mascara. This is *everything* Melissa and Rachel from Saks NY D&G have raved about. Defines and thickens lashes and doesn't clump or smudge. I love the brush because it gets all my lashes without applying too much goop. It gives a more natural look compared to Armani Eyes to Kill/Diorshow. (No photo, but it comes in a heavy gold tube.)

4) Bobbi Brown Java Metallic Eyeshadow - I don't know why I haven't written about this sooner. I bought it as soon as the metallic shadows came out and love this for a smokey cool-brown shimmer. Most shimmery dark brown shadows I've found seem to be warm toned (Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmerwash, MAC Mulch, Nars Lola Lola, Chanel Cinnamon). If you like taupes, you will like Java - it's a few steps up in intensity from your regular taupes with smokiness to it. Looks great when applied with a damp brush.


Compared to Stone Shimmerwash and Chocolate Shimmerwash for your reference:


5) Nars Irresistiblement Bronzer - I bought this months ago because it looked so pretty on Em from Too Much Blush. Even though our skintones are completely different, I had to give it a try. I've been alternating between this and Edward Bess Daydream for everyday bronzers. It's a warm almost orangey looking bronze in the pan. But on the skin, it warms up my face like a bronzer-blush. Your mileage may vary on this, but if you have a Nars counter near you it's definitely worth trying out even if it doesn't look like your cup of tea.


6) Mauvey Pink Lipglosses: Bobbi Brown Pink Buff, Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer 07, Paul & Joe Lip Gloss 09, MAC Lovechild and Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer 10 - It's difficult for me to find a mauvey lipgloss that isn't too pale, too purple or too grey. All of these work perfectly because they have just the right amount of pink or brown so I don't end up looking dead. They go well with Laura Mercier Chestnut Lipliner which is a good everyday neutral.

I bought Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer 07 and Gloss 09 thanks to the genius of Caroline from the Paul & Joe counter at Bergdorf Goodman. She said they were great for girls with skintones like us (medium and Asian) but flatter almost everyone she's worked with. Of course she was right on the money. I then bought Lacquer #10 thanks to Joey's rave review and pictures. I was worried it would be too brown, but turns out it's not!

L to R: Bobbi Brown Pink Buff, P&J Lacquer 07, P&J Lipgloss 09, MAC Lovechild, P&J Lacquer 10




7) Guerlain Perles Imperiales Holiday Meteorites - This is my one and only Guerlain Meteorites. I caved from all the raves and bought it online because it was sold out in stores by the time I decided I wanted it. Gives a pretty sparkley glow.


What are you loving this month?

Friday, November 13, 2009

What's Your Favorite Lip Balm/Lip Treatment?

Do you have a favorite lip balm? I've always had an obsession with tinted and flavored lip balms which started in high school (over 10 years ago) with Vanilla Lip Smackers, The Body Shop Kiwi Fruit Flavored Lip Balm, and SoftLips Lip Balms.

Trying out different lip balms has always been a relatively inexpensive and fun hobby for me with the different scents and flavors, but for years I could never find one that properly moisturized my lips. I have full lips that tend to dry easily with certain brands of lipsticks - but in recent years, thanks to some new product releases, I have finally found some that work for me.

Tried and true:

  1. MAC Tendertones $14.50 - these were limited edition, I hope they bring these back eventually
  2. C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Lip Balm $5.50 - soothing almond scent, from Bath & Body Works (there's a promotion for buy 2 get 1 free right now)
  3. NARS Sabrina Lip Treatment $24 - a light milky pink with shimmer with a watermelon scent
  4. MAC Tinted Lip Conditioners $14.50 - the ones I have are in the older packaging and were part of limited edition collections like the Luella and Disney
  5. Aquaphor $6 for a 2-pack at CVS - thanks to a very sweet swapper who included this as an extra for me to try and got me hooked!
Trying out right now:


  1. Shiseido Water In Lip Sakura $8 - found this at my local Japanese supermarket
  2. Bobbi Brown Glitter Lip Balm in Pink Crystal - part of the Breast Cancer Awareness Set which is $40 for the lip balm and a creamy lip color
  3. L'Occitane Vanilla Fondant Lip Balm - from the Vanilla Hugs & Kisses Holiday set which is $18 for the lip balm and mini Vanilla Shea Hand Cream
  4. Paul & Joe Disney Milky Lip Treatment $18 - couldn't resist the cute packaging
  5. C.O. Bigelow Lemon Pomegranate Lip Cream $7.50 - from Bath & Body works
  6. Korres Lip Butter $9 each or $19.50 for 3 at Sephora - I've heard a lot of raves about these, so I stopped by Sephora to check these out
What are your favorites?
 

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